Alicia Keys Exclusive Covershoot and interview for FAULT Issue 23

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Editor: Miles Holder + Nancy Lu l Photographer: Zoltan Tombor @ SeenManagement l Stylist: Chaunielle Brown l Make-up: Dotti using SK-II @ Streeters l Hair: Tippi Shorter @Fr8me l Manicurist Michelle Matthews l Styling Assistants: Nyjerah Cunningham, Steven Lasalle, Sphinx Rowe, Catherine Mekondo

 

We’re happy to finally be able to reveal our FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Front Cover Star, Alicia Keys!

It has been fifteen years since the release of her debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ which scored the singer/songwriter five Grammy Awards and the name Alicia Keys is still a well-respected household name. Playing the role as Skye Summers on the hit TV drama, ‘Empire’, fans were able to see Keys display her acting skills and this autumn Alicia will return to our television screens for her debut season as a judge on The Voice USA.

FAULT caught up with Alicia Keys to discuss the new music and find out just what it takes to carve a long-term career in the modern music industry.

FAULT: What is different between the Alicia Keys releasing ‘Songs in A Minor’ in 2000 compared to Alicia Keys of 2016 working on her “best music yet”?

Alicia: One thing I appreciate hearing from people who have known me for years, is when they tell me “Alicia, you’re still the same.” Of course I’m not, I’m a woman now and much wiser and I have more understanding of my life, music and art but I am still the same spirit. Fearlessness and becoming more comfortable in my own skin and caring less about what I would say or do, was always at the core of my original work – now with all the life I’ve live and all the things I’ve learnt, I am still the very same.

Being a proven singer and songwriter, did that give you more confidence and flexibility with this LP?

I always feel confident in my ability to explore my vulnerability and to do something that I’ve previously never done in hopes that it was going to take me somewhere. As opposed to being too controlled and forced to make it something that’s not. I definitely created this album with real purpose and intention to talk about things I’ve never talked about before.

 

FAULT: You’ve always fought for respect through your music with tracks like ‘Superwoman’ or “A Woman’s Worth’, are you also touching on these issues in the album?

I just feel women are the most magnificent species. We are the creators and closest to God. There’s so much to learn about what women go through and what women of colour go through and what womanhood just puts on you. There’s so much to face and learn, so much still to be respected and so much equality still being withheld. The desire to talk about it and discuss the inequality is there, and it’s definitely a theme for me and I have a desire to talk about it on this album and just go further. I just can’t wait for people to hear it.

 

 

FAULT: We recently lost Prince and who admired you enough to allow you to release a cover of his song and someone you inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame, did it come as a great shock?

It was definitely a great shock and I am still taken aback. I feel like the whole world feels the same. He was definitely an enigma and will always remain that way. He was so fiercely dedicated to the greatness and expanded the level of excellence and that’s what should always be maintained. He pushed himself and I’ll never be as good as Prince but in a positive way. No one can be Prince, he’s the only one but that’s the beauty of him. He set the bar so high that we all have something to strive for.

 

What is your FAULT?

I’m learning to try and let go of the word “perfection”. It’s not real and it’s a word that tears us down. There is no way to be perfect and no fun in being perfect. You can’t be happy unless you let yourself be vulnerable and make mistakes because we’re always evolving. No one knows it all and I damn sure don’t know it all! I force myself to look in the mirror and own who I am and to own MY beautiful. So what that I have breakouts or so what that my knees are pudgy, there simply is no perfect. Once I can teach myself that there is no perfect and that I am meant to have my FAULTS, that is when I become beautiful.

[We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.]

 

 

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Boy George Photoshoot & Interview For FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Cover

 

Within the court of British pop royalty, Boy George sits on top of a (impeccably decorated) throne. Throughout his decade-spanning career he’s topped charts, collaborated with superstars, travelled the world and seen more than his fair share of controversy. He can now be found judging Britain’s latest batch of new talent on BBC One’s The Voice.

Boy George appears on the cover of FAULT Magazine Issue 23 (available for preorder now). 

 

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Congratulations on your work on The Voice so far. Did you have any reservations about joining the show? 

Not really. I think my only reservation was how involved I would be with the people that I chose; whether I could have any kind of impact on what they did. And, to my surprise, it is very interactive. You can get as involved as you want to.

 

 

You’ve had your fair share of demons: drugs, incarceration, negative press attention. How has this shaped you and your music?

Everything that happens shapes you and influences what you do, but I don’t tend to focus on the past. Why would I look back? Difficult things inform my writing but – if you want other people to move on – then you have to move on yourself… I try to live in the now – it’s the only sensible time to live. Living in the past or future is a bit insane: sometimes, in relationships, people spend all their time worrying about what the other person’s thinking or feeling, and get so engrossed in it that they miss living. I think it’s important to live in the now and not focus too much on what went wrong. Just learn from it and move on.

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What else does the future hold in store for you?

[Culture Club} have got a tour coming up in the summer. I’m also doing stuff on my own: I’ve got a tour with Cyndi Lauper in about a month on the East Coast of America. At the moment I’m trying to build my empire, so anything’s possible.

 

Who excites you musically at the moment?

I really like Christine and The Queens. The music they make is really beautiful. It’s in French though, so it’s a bit difficult to understand, but you don’t really need to. I’ve also been getting back into Kate Bush: recently I came home, laid on the floor and listened to Hounds of Love in it’s entirety, and it was wonderful. You can really learn from the way people made records in the past. People had more freedom.

I like Stromae as well: I think he’s the best pop star at the moment. He’s really androgynous, and really out there.

 

Finally, what is your fault?

Where do we start! My weakness is probably…bread! Haha – I have no patience. I’m completely impatient.

 

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